Racial Restoration Retreat for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

7 Day Women's Retreat in Montenegro for Racial Restoration & peer Connection

Many wellness retreats have fallen short in establishing a truly welcoming atmosphere for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). In response to this, we are proud to offer a week-long retreat that revolves around the experiences, perspectives, and needs of BIPOC. Designed with a focus on activities that promote both restoration and resistance, this retreat serves as a tender space for individuals to understand, process, and find ways to heal from the trauma of experiencing racism. Guided by the knowledge shared in Racial Wellness by Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah, our retreat aims to offer a ‘revolutionary paradigm of care’.

25 – 31 August 2024 – only 3 spots left

THE PRICES & ACCOMMODATION

For 7 days (6 nights) retreat including all classes, workshops, walks, accommodation & 2 vegan buffets a day. The prices include everything for the week except your flights & transport to the retreat. Only a 350€ deposit is needed to make the reservation. You can view the accommodation details and photos here .

** Scholarship Positions – Several full scholarship positions are available. Please contact us in writing if interested. 

ABOUT THE RETREAT

Racial trauma is an individual and collective trauma that can be caused by genocide, colonization, white supremacy, and other forms of systemic harm. Its far-reaching effects permeate our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being, manifesting in conditions like anxiety, depression, insomnia, inflammation, hypervigilance, dissociation, and internalized racial inferiority. This trauma can also reverberate across generations. In response to these profound challenges, this retreat will serve as a medicine that focuses on dynamic forms of healing. 

Day 1: Welcoming
Day 2: Emotional Healing
Day 3: Mental Healing
Day 4: Physical Healing
Day 5: Spiritual Healing
Day 6: Generational Healing
Day 7: Closing & leaving day

WORKSHOPS

Solo Reading of “Racial wellness”│Movement │Nature Walk │ Affirmation Circle│Poetry Writing│Guided Journaling│Resistance Nap│ Ode to the Ancestors│Lineage Letters │Floral Arranging | Art Session | From Cultural Appropriation to Cultural Appreciation │Fire & Tobacco Maya Ceremonies │Prayers

RETREAT FOCUS

  • Emotional healing for racial apathy and racial fear so that we may honor our humanity.
  • Mental healing for racial gaslighting and racial triangulation so that we may validate our reality.
  • Physical healing for racial violence and racial inequity so that we may tend to our bodies.
  • Spiritual healing for racial microaggressions and racial othering so that we may honor who we are.

RETREAT VALUES

  • We celebrate diversity within communities of color
  • We honor people’s unique experiences with racism
  • We respect people’s ancestral cultural practices 
  • We ensure everyone feels seen, heard, and valued
  • We practice both self care and community care.

A DAY AT THE RETREAT

8:00 – 9:30 Movement Class
10:00 – 11:00 Plant based brunch
12:00-14:00 Solo reading of ‘Racial Wellness’ book & sharing circle
17:00-18:00 Plant based dinner
19:00-20:30 Ceremonies

THE PLACE “Mahakala Center” & Plant based food

The homely centre is located in the small seaside village of Buljarica in Montenegro, cradled by the mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded by the four elements of earth, air, sun and water, located on a steep hill between local houses and a 15-minute walk from the local beach. 

The kitchen is fully plant based with a zero waste policy, all food sourced from local family owned organic farms and the water from the mountain spring. The food is home made by local Montenegrin women and the Menu crafted by Dr Vesna Lemm, a detox & nutrition specialist.

Mahakala offers 2 daily homemade vegan buffets, meal times based on a powerful intermittent fasting philosophy involving two highly nutritious meals per day (served at 10:00 and 17:00). During the day we serve plenty of seasonal fruits, spring water and herbal teas. Additionally coffee or snacks can be purchased from the coffee shop.

Paola Nikté

Paola Nikté, Yokot’an, Zoque and Kaua Maya descent is a Traditional Maya Midwife, Healer,  Ajq’ij ( Spiritual Guide) Indigenous Rights and Environmental Activist, based in Europe since 2017. With her work she honors their ancestors’ transmission, preserving knowledge and ancient rituals that help and support women in all their cycles, thus promoting physical, spiritual, emotional and mental well-being of women. Paola uses different techniques combining ancestral medicine and honoring Mother Earth and her sacred energies.

Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah

Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah (she/her) is the designer, writer, and cultural worker whose work centers on healing Black, Indigenous, and people of color. She is the author of Racial Wellness and Tender Reminders, and also the founder of Making the Body a Home, where she designs home goods, and educational courses that help people stimulate decolonial liberation within their homes and bodies.

COLLECTIVE IMPACT

Tara is reimagining the ways we connect with spirituality; shifting from individualistic to collective. 5% sales of every retreat will support local conservation groups or indigenous community projects. Empowering you to make inner transformation alongside meaningful collective change. The organization we support this year you can read more about in our philosophy page. 

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